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    Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is impersonated on Twitter

    Posted on Thursday, 02.24.11

    Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is impersonated on Twitter

    The tweets sent by Cuba's Yoani Sanches were bizarre, not at all in line
    with the acerbic blasts at the government usually posted on the popular
    Generation Y blog.

    "The revolution continues,'' said one Tweet. Added another: "Seems it's
    illegal to ... make counterrevolution. Ha Ha. As long as I am paid, I

    It was only after another Tweet asking for "money to connect to the
    Internet'' that the real Yoani Sánchez — Sánchez with a Z, not with an S
    — alerted her more than 100,000 Twitter followers Wednesday to the scam.

    "My false profile on Twitter ... has my photo and asks for money ...
    Everything a lie!,'' she messaged.

    Sánchez also alerted that pro-government tweeters were using the hashtag
    #OZT — Orlando Zapata Tamayo — to insult the former political prisoner
    who became an icon of Cuba's human rights struggle when he died a year
    ago Wednesday from a hunger strike.

    So, who's Sanches with an S? That's unknown, but there are plenty of
    suspects within the Cuban government, which clearly views the
    independent blogosphere as a threat to the Castro revolution.

    "One must always suspect the government, but it also could be the work
    of its most entrenched supporters," said Reinaldo Escobar, an author,
    independent blogger and husband of the real Yoani Sánchez.

    On Feb. 4, a video leaked on the Internet showed a computer expert in
    the Cuban intelligence services lecturing on the dangers presented by
    bloggers like Sánchez and young exiles in Internet contact with their
    counterparts on the island.

    Five days later, however, the government stunned Sánchez and other
    independent bloggers when it unblocked access from inside Cuba to her
    Generation Y blog and more than 40 other Internet sites usually highly
    critical of the communist system.

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